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Canadiens slip past Senators 5-4 in OT

  • Associated Press
  • January 16, 2014 - 9:35 PM

OTTAWA, Ontario — Carey Price made 40 saves and P.K. Subban scored the overtime winner and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Thursday night.

Subban scored 23 seconds into the extra period as his shot trickled through Craig Anderson's legs.

Tomas Plekanec scored twice and Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais also scored for the Canadiens, who defeated the Senators for the first time this season.

Clarke MacArthur, Erik Karlsson, Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa. Anderson stopped 18 shots.

Trailing 4-3, the Canadiens caught a break on the tying goal midway through the third. Plekanec broke in alone and while Anderson made the initial save, defenseman Jared Cowen watched as the puck went in off his skate.

Two goals in 84 seconds late in the second period allowed Ottawa to grab its first lead of the game.

A great pass by MacArthur allowed Turris to beat Price over the shoulder to give the Senators a 4-3 lead at 18:40.

Trailing 3-2 to start the second, Ottawa outshot the Canadiens 19-10 in the second and tied the game on the 37th shot as Ryan beat Price with a wrist shot.

Minutes earlier, Price had made outstanding saves on Ryan and Mark Stone.

The Canadiens got off to a quick start taking a 3-0 lead early in the first, but with two late first-period goals the Senators were able to make a game of it.

Plekanec opened the scoring with a short-handed goal on Montreal's first shot at 2:04. Pacioretty made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 14:05 as he roofed it over Anderson's shoulder.

And at 15:36, Desharnais made it 3-0 as he was allowed to walk in alone and drew Anderson out to have a wide open net.

The Senators' comeback started at 17:13 as Karlsson found MacArthur in the middle, who then tipped a shot through Price's legs.

Just over a minute later, Karlsson scored his 11th of the season off a pass from Jason Spezza to draw the Senators within one.

Notes: D Patrick Wiercioch and D Joe Corvo were healthy scratches for the Senators. RW Chris Neil was a late scratch, he has missed the past six games with a lower body injury. Matt Kassian took his place in the lineup. D Francis Bouillon was a healthy scratch for the Canadiens. Montreal is playing the first of a four-game road trip.

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